WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 10, 2016) — U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) on Friday recognized Hawaiʻi teachers selected for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and presented them with a Congressional certificate.
Five Hawaiʻi teachers were amongst the 213 math and science teachers around the country selected for the award. The 2016 Hawaiʻi awardees are:
- Alicia Nakamitsu, Aiea High School
- Eliza Yoshida, Pu’u Kukui Elementary School
- Stan Mesina, August Ahrens Elementary School
- Bryan Silver, Kalani High School
- Patricia Urasky, Waimea High School
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process at the state level. Awards were given to K-12 teachers from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity schools, and the U.S. territories as a group (American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and U.S. Virgin Islands). Each awardee received a citation signed by President Obama, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, and travel to Washington, DC for an award ceremony held yesterday.